Alina Chaiderov. A New Memory is Made illy Present Future Prize 2015 Exhibition

The technical jury, which assembled for Artissima 2015 and is composed of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Director, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli and GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin), Daniel Baumann (Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich), Dieter Roelstraete (documenta 14, Kassel), and Maurizio Morra Greco (collector, Naples), has awarded the illy Prize to Alina Chaiderov for the following reason: The 2015 edition of the illy Present Future Prize has been awarded to Alina Chaiderov for her complex exploration of Soviet memories, carried out through the unabashed lens of sculpture regarding everyday life.

For the first time, the Prize offers not only the possibility of displaying in a museum but also a monetary award in support of the artist’s research. 



Alina Chaiderov. A New Memory is Made

illy Present Future Prize 2015 Exhibition

curated by Marianna Vecellio

November 4, 2016 – March 5, 2017


The Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea presents Alina Chaiderov’s installation, A New Memory is Made, 2016, in the project room of the Manica Lunga, curated by Marianna Vecellio. For her first solo exhibition in a museum, Chaiderov—winner of the illy Present Future Prize 2015—has conceived a work that dialogues with the surroundings: an intimate room dominated by a large semi-circle window overlooking Juvarra’s museum atrium. In this work, the artist takes into consideration the space, the material and its malleability, time intended as a personal and metaphysical dimension, and finally the body as the place where experiences, suffering, and catharsis are recorded. Vecellio writes: “Chaiderov’s works are made with everyday materials such as tubular steel elements, tennis balls, inner tubes, concrete bricks, magazines and newspapers, sheets and bananas. They are conceptual reflections through which the artist brings into relationship her own personal life and the great events of history, in order to create an entirely new memory.”


At a young age, Alina Chaiderov (St. Petersburg, Russia, 1984) moved with her family to Sweden, where she currently resides, in both Gothenburg and Stockholm. From 2005 to 2010 she attended university and was interested in many subjects: from sociology to the history of nationalism and ethnic conflicts, from neuropsychology to art history. In 2015, she earned a diploma in Fine Arts from the Valand Academy of Gothenburg.